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Tressi L. Cordaro

Washington, D.C. Region

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Tressi L. Cordaro is a Shareholder in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Published Works

  • "All Eyes on the Road," American Cranes & Transport (July 2011)
  • "Workplace Safety - MOSH & OSHA in 2011," Maryland State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Spring 2011)

Speeches and Presentations

  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee – “OSHA Update” – Indianapolis (2013) (presenter)
  • U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission Judicial Conference – Significant Decisions (2012) (presenter)
  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee - "OSHA Update" – Albuquerque (2012) (presenter)
  • American Bar Association, OSH Law Midwinter Meeting – Significant Decisions (2012) (moderator)
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) – OSHA Fundamentals – What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know and Do Before, During, and After an OSHA Inspection (2011) (presenter)
  • Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) – Crane & Rigging Workshop – Preparing for OSHA’s Recent Climate Change (2011) (presenter)

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September 8, 2015

Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA's Confined Spaces in Construction Standard

September 8, 2015

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA's Confined Spaces in Construction standard in remodeling's "Reg Watch: The Latest Jobsite Safety Updates." Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

August 1, 2015
AHC Media

Tressi Cordaro Discusses Injury Prevention Programs, Employee Training for Healthcare Employers

August 1, 2015

Tressi Cordaro discusses injury prevention programs and employee training for healthcare employers in AHC Media's "OSHA: Patient handling injuries, other top worker hazards targeted." Subscription may be required to view article.   Read More

July 29, 2015
Bloomberg BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter

Tressi Cordaro and Nickole Winnett Discuss Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

July 29, 2015

Tressi Cordaro and Nickole Winnett comment on the two-member Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in "Short-Handed Commission Returns to Fractious Ground," published in Bloomberg BNA's Occupational Safety and Health Reporter. Subscription may be required to view article     Read More

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October 7, 2015

NIOSH Seeks Comment on Research Plan for Oil and Gas Industry

October 7, 2015

Triggered by an annual fatality rate among oil and gas exploration and production workers that for years was seven times the average for all U.S. workers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has put together a draft strategic 10-year research plan to address the issue and is seeking comment from stakeholders... Read More

September 16, 2015

Draft DOL Policy Lists ‘Economic Realities’ as Key OSHA Test of Joint Employer Status

September 16, 2015

Many more franchisors are likely to be judged to have a joint employer relationship with franchisees, subjecting them to enforcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, under a draft policy reported to be circulating within the Department of Labor (DOL). The draft document, prepared by DOL’s Office of the... Read More

August 12, 2015

OSHA Proposes Changes to Recordkeeping Rule

August 12, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a rule intended to overcome a court ruling that barred the agency from citing an employer for failing to record an injury or illness beyond the six-month statute of limitations set out in the statute. The rule, proposed July 29, would amend 29 CFR § 1904 to clarify that... Read More

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OSHA Moves Closer to Finalizing “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” (Electronic Recordkeeping) Rule
October 7, 2015

On October 5, 2015, OSHA submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a draft final rule for OSHA’s “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.”  OIRA is the division within the President’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that reviews draft and final standards and regulations. Read More

Virginia OSHA Errs in Drafting Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements
October 6, 2015

Federal OSHA’s Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements (effective January 1, 2015) require employers to report in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours. Read More

OSHA Inspecting 40 Percent of Reported Injuries
September 30, 2015

OSHA’s new reporting requirements began on January 1, 2015. Under these requirements, employers in federal OSHA jurisdiction are required to report to OSHA any work-related fatality or any work-related injury resulting in an employee being formally admitted to the hospital or any work-related amputation or loss of an eye. Read More